Aramco enhances industrial IoT and AI with Qualcomm’s expertise

Aramco enhances industrial IoT and AI with Qualcomm's expertise.

Petroleum and natural gas firm, Aramco, has collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies in order to enhance connectivity, artificial intelligence and advanced computing technologies for industrial use cases in Saudi Arabia.

This collaboration aims to speed the development of the industrial 4G/5G and non-terrestrial networks (NTN) ecosystem, which includes 450MHz cellular technologies. It will also focus on designing hardware, software, and services to accelerate the adoption of...

Cisco enhances coffee farming in Tanzania using the IoT

Cisco has teamed up with a group of partners to use the IoT to help Tanzanian coffee growers boost yields and operate more sustainably amid the challenges of climate change.

The networking giant has joined forces with the ConSenso Project: a coalition comprising Tanzanian coffee farmers, Italian plant scientists from PNAT, and researchers from the Accademia del Caffè Espresso. Together, they are deploying IoT sensors to "listen to the plants" on a Tanzanian coffee...

Oil and gas industry sees rapid growth in IoT devices

The oil and gas industry is experiencing a surge in the adoption of IoT devices, according to a new report from Berg Insight.

Berg Insight’s report forecasts that the installed base of wireless devices featuring cellular, satellite, or low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity in the industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.3 percent, increasing from 7.8 million units at the end of 2023 to 18.8 million connected devices by 2028.

The primary...

Millions of smart meters in Britain not working correctly

The UK's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (Desnez) has revealed that 4.31 million smart meters have not been operating in smart mode.

At the end of 2023, 3.98 million were found to be faulty, with the trade association for the energy industry, Energy UK, subsequently instructing suppliers to replace broken meters.

There are almost 35 million smart meters in Great Britain and the majority are operating as intended according to Smart Energy GB, a not-for-profit...

NVIDIA: Real-time AI drives industrial automation’s next phase

The heavy lifting in manufacturing, factory logistics, and robotics is getting assistance from real-time AI, according to NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's keynote at GTC 2024.

A simulation-first approach is paving the way for the next phase of automation in these industries that often involve bulky products, expensive equipment, collaborative robotic environments, and logistically-complex facilities.

Huang demonstrated how developers could use digital twins to develop, test,...

Meta teases major UI overhaul for Quest

Meta is planning a major overhaul of the user interface for its Quest mixed reality headsets, according to the company's CTO Andrew "Boz" Bosworth.

In a recent Instagram AMA, Bosworth teased several new UI features aimed at improving personalisation and multitasking on the Quest platform.

One of the key upgrades Bosworth highlighted is the ability to pin windows to your physical position or anchor them in real-world space. This would allow users to walk around their...

IFOW: Automation impacts workers’ quality of life

A recent study conducted by the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW) sheds light on the profound impact of automation technologies on the quality of life of workers.

The study, conducted as part of the Pissarides Review, delved into the effects of exposure to new workplace technologies on the wellbeing of nearly 5,000 UK workers. For the first time, the research utilised the EuroQol EQ-5D-3L, a widely-accepted measure of health-related quality of life and...

Meta and LG to forge ‘AI-XR alliance’

Executives from Meta and LG are set to convene in South Korea on Wednesday to discuss a groundbreaking "AI-XR alliance," as revealed by industry insiders. The meeting aims to solidify plans for collaborative ventures, notably the development of the Meta Quest Pro 2, a next-generation premium productivity XR headset.

According to insights from the Korea Economic Daily, Meta intends to leverage LG's expertise in crafting the Meta Quest Pro 2, positioning it as a rival to Apple's...

Samsung creates ‘Immersive Team’ for XR headset development

Samsung has created an internal "Immersive Team" dedicated to developing the company's first extended reality (XR) headset, according to a report from Korean outlet Hankyung.

The team, which operates under Samsung's Mobile Experience (MX) division, recently grew from a small group to over 100 people as Samsung aims to accelerate development and launch the headset this year.

The hurried pace comes in response to the launch of Apple's Vision Pro headset last month, which...

Nokia boosts IoT capabilities for the industrial edge

Nokia has announced the addition of five new third-party IoT applications for its MX Industrial Edge platform, enhancing industrial IoT capabilities in areas like asset tracking, positioning, indoor navigation, and worker safety. 

The new applications leverage the low latency, resilient connectivity, and embedded intelligence of the MX Industrial Edge to enable more efficient industrial operations. By deploying these applications at the edge of the network near industrial assets...